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Deals of the Century: Wall Street, Mergers, and the Making of Modern America

Deals of the Century: Wall Street, Mergers, and the Making of Modern America

Charles R. Geisst

ISBN: 978-0-471-73603-5

Sep 2005

368 pages

In Stock




Throughout history, mergers and acquisitions have been the major game played on Wall Street. These deals have had far-reaching effects, on the worlds of finance and industry - more than most commentators or financiers are publicly willing to admit.

Deals of the Century captures this dynamic moment in history by taking an in-depth look at the most notable merger and acquisition deals of the twentieth of Carnegie Steel in 1901 to the creation of the former AOL Time Warner, renowned business historian and bestselling author Charles Geisst traces the deals that have had the most dramatic impact on the worlds of both finance and industry over the past century. Decade by decade, you'll be introduced to the personalities behind each event, as industries are built, dismantled, and reorganized by "professionals" driven mainly by the profits extracted from the deals themselves.

Engaging and informative, Deals of the Century paints an exciting portrait of the incredible M&A journey and illustrates how many of these deals changed the face of business, creating a modern capitalist society that continues to grow.


Chapter One. Building the Infrastructure.

Chapter Two. Driving to the Store.

Chapter Three. Power Plays and Conspiracy Theories.

Chapter Four. Roll Over, Euclid.

Chapter Five. Visigoths versus the Legions.

Chapter Six. Spawned by Deregulation.

Chapter Seven. Old Bedfellows.



  • BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Geisst has been well reviewed in such important business publications as The Wall Street Journal. A veteran author of 13 books, Geisst has published with Wiley, Oxford University Press, and McGraw-Hill.
  • INTRIGUING: Fascinating insight as Geisst connects events and deals with the world of modern finance.
  • VALUABLE ADDITION TO THE LITERATURE: Histories of Wall Street have been well received by the general audience and are well represented on the history and finance shelves. A history of the biggest, most influential mergers has yet to be done. Geisst has the proven skills to paint an exciting portrait of this dynamic aspect of financial history